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The Protection Of Confidence In Veracity And Integrity Of The Land Registry

 

The principle of the protection of confidence in veracity and integrity of the land registry protects the bona fide real estate acquisitor when he/she acts with confidence in land registry, and in addition doesn’t know that the actual state is somewhat different from the Land registry state. The Law on Ownership that introduced this principle in the Croatian legal system entered into force on January 1st 2007.

However, because of the extremely large number of parcels still registered under social ownership, and their unregulated land registry status, the rule of this principle has been delayed in several occasions. First prorogation was until 01st January 2010. However, in the end of 2009, the law had changed and the rule of this principle is now delayed until 01st January 2015. This means that the protection of confidence in veracity and integrity of the land registry doesn’t apply in favour of the acquisitions incurred by 01st January 2015, if the real estate registered under social ownership is acquired, and this ownership wasn’t erased before the Law on ownership had entered into force.

Exceptionally, the protection of confidence in veracity and integrity of the land registry applies from 01st January 2007 on real estate in cadaster municipalities for which the EDP land registry (electronic data processing) is opened and as well on real estate that are, according to certain provisions of the Law on Land Registry, registered in the Land database.